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David Cameron: Happy New Year to all Tamil and Sinhalese

Below: A Message from the Prime Minister to all who celebrate Puthandu.

“I would like to send my best wishes to all Tamil communities in Britain and around the world celebrating Puthandu today. It’s a time when millions of people will be coming together with families, friends and neighbours to celebrate their New Year.

“But it is also a time to remember the fantastic contribution Tamil and Sinhalese communities make to Britain. We see it around us, every single day – in our schools and our hospitals, in the arts and businesses – you play an incredibly important and positive role.

“I’m sure many people celebrating today will be thinking of loved ones overseas.

“I hope that this New Year will bring communities closer together in helping to heal the wounds of the past.

“To everyone celebrating Puthandu I wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year.”

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With the #LeadersDebate looming, remember who really bears the brunt of responsibility

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

Abraham Lincoln said that.

He also said: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

It’s been a while, now, since Lincoln said all those things. And yet, you have to give it to him: he’d make a great commentator on the UK 2015 General Election. The man just makes a lot of sense.

Prime Minister David Cameron has been responsible for the course this country has taken over the last five years. He’s responsible today, too, and that’s why he continues to say what we’ve heard him say so many times now.

“Let’s stick with the plan.” We owe it to tomorrow.

In the age of Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, millions of independent bloggers – the Prime Minister knows that it’s hard to fool…Well, just about anyone.

You may not necessarily love everything he says, but that’s just how it is. He’s the messenger, after all, and as much as he may have enjoyed delivering many of the most recent reports on the economy, I’m sure Mr Cameron would be the first to admit that the news hasn’t always been good over the last few years.

In light of last week’s interviews and the impending Punch and Judy show that we are likely to witness tonight, it’s worth keeping in mind this idea of responsibility.

Ed Miliband isn’t responsible – at least not in the direct way the Prime Minister is. Neither is Ed Balls, nor is Lucy Powell. That makes it all the more important to consider the questions they evade, and that’s why we can’t help but flinch every time one of them says “of course, we’ll know or do that once we’ve balanced the books.”

Labour representatives talk a lot about wanting to make the UK a better country to live in, tomorrow, but they seldom give any answers about how they would make that happen today.

The General Election is but 5 weeks away. We only do this every five years. We’re not talking about whether Sasha should win The Voice. We’re talking about the government, about the UK, about how we are going to live together for the next five years and what our children will live to inherit in the years to come.

We don’t doubt that Labour wants a better future for us all. We don’t doubt that Labour has good intentions. But we do doubt that Labour knows what they’re dealing with here. They haven’t, unlike the Prime Minister, felt the weight of this nation’s people on their shoulders every day for the last five years, and they haven’t, unlike the Prime Minister, told us what they’re going to do to make the country better.

And as much as we don’t doubt Labour’s good intentions, we do doubt that it’s the idea of an overbearing sense of responsibility that gets Mr Miliband out of bed every morning. On the contrary: it’s power that drives the man that backstabbed his own brother for the party leadership, and it’s power that drives him to make one desperate move after the other.

He can fool us some of the time, but he can’t fool us all of the time.

Unveiling Mahatma Gandhi: Video & Photo post

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled this morning on Parliament Square in London by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Noteworthy guests (to name only but a few) included PM David Cameron, Gopalakrishna Gandhi and Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan. 

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Sculptor Philip Jackson. Photo: Asian Voice

New Hindu faith school in Croydon (Video)

Last Monday, Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at Green School in Isleworth. There, he announced a plan to open 49 new free schools, one of which will be a Hindu faith school in Croydon.

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The new school opens in 2016, and it will be run by Avanti Schools Trust. It is expected that 60-90% of students will be Hindu, but admissions are open to everyone. Philosophy, yoga, meditation and ethics are some of the distinguishing subjects of study that will be on the curriculum.

Nitesh Gor, the trusts chief executive, said to the Croydon Advertiser that plans to open a school in Croydon were formed already several years ago.

“We have huge links with the community both in terms with the Hindu community and also outside of it.

“The idea is to be reflective of the community,” Mr Gor said.

The MP for Croydon Central, Mr Gavin Barwell, said to CF India last night (see video) that the Prime Minister’s announcement was great news.

“It’s great news not only for parents from the Indian comunity, who I think really welcome this school, but also for other parents in Croydon, who I think are going to like the ethos and the values that lie behind it.

“I think it’s going to prove to be a very popular school.”

Lord Karan Bilimoria worried about potential Labour-SNP coalition

In a recent interview with The Telegraph (March 7), Lord Karan Bilimoria expressed significant concern about the possibility of a Labour-SNP coalition after the elections in May.

“I am very worried about Ed Miliband and Labour being in government this time,” he said to The Telegraph.

Lord Bilimoria, who is co-founder and chairman of Cobra Beer, stated that he is one of many entrepreneurs who question Ed Miliband’s capacity to draw the right conclusions about Britain’s economy.

“I am seriously concerned about Ed Miliband’s lack of experience and understanding and his priorities. I am not alone. Every single entrepreneur I have spoken to believes exactly what I am saying.”

Lord Bilimoria, who is not affiliated with any political party, said he believes that a coalition of two parties that both believe in high public spending would “jeopardise wealth creation and job creation.” He also believes that any such coalition would constitute a danger to national security.

“One of my biggest worries of the SNP and Labour coalition prospect is Trident [British nuclear weapons programme, red.] and our defence, seriously jeopardising our national security. To get rid of Trident would be the number one irresponsible thing that any government could do. That is the most terrifying aspect. The SNP have said it’s their red line. I cannot see Labour forming a majority given where the numbers are at the moment.”

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A House To Live In, a Home for your Children

Home.

For many of us, it’s a word that takes us back to our childhoods. Old or young, single or married, our mind’s eye travels back in time and we remember a certain feeling.

Home. It’s where we come from. It’s where our families are. It’s where we feel safe.

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Last year, more than 60% of Indian families in the UK owned the home they lived in. Many more will hope to own homes in the future. For many young couples, it will be especially important to find a home in which they are able to bring up their little ones — to give their children what their parents were able to give them: a home, and a childhood to remember.

The Conservative Party has committed to building 200,000 cut-price, good quality starter homes for first-time buyers by 2020. New rules will cut planning red-tape for starter homes, which means developers can build and sell them for 20 per cent less than the usual price. These new starter homes will help tens of thousands of young people realise the dream of owning their own home.

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Voting Conservative in 2015 will give you as well as others a greater chance to own the place that you call home.

The Party That Aims Higher: Getting Britain Back on Track

British Indians form a community that values success, and that values hard work even more. It is a community that does not believe in short cuts. Work hard in school so that you can work harder at university so that one day, when you are old and tired, and you sit down to tell your grandchildren the story of your life, you will be able to tell them: “I designed that building.””I saved that man’s life.” “I changed the way people think.” British Indians are nothing if not aspirational.

Overall, the British Indian community in the UK has a lot in common with the Conservative Party. The Long Term Economic Plan goes a long way to show that. The Conservative Party, too, does not take any short cuts. It believes that the way to financial stability is paved with hard work. And it believes that patience and diligence will be rewarded.

The Conservative Party wants to create a United Kingdom that serves and encourages aspiration and The Long Term Economic Plan is essential to that ambition.

  1. REDUCING THE DEFICIT so we deal with our debts, safeguard our economy for the long term and keep mortgage rates low.
  2. CUTTING INCOME TAX AND FREEZING FUEL DUTY to help hardworking people be more financially secure.
  3. CREATING MORE JOBS by backing small business and enterprise with better infrastructure and lower jobs taxes.
  4. CAPPING WELFARE AND WORKING TO CONTROL IMMIGRATION so our economy delivers for people who want to work hard and play by the rules.
  5. DELIVERING THE BEST SCHOOLS AND SKILLS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE so the next generation can succeed in the global race.